Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia
Botanical name: 
Lavandula angustifolia

Calming, soothing and reassuring

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist.
Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Analgesic - local pain relief
Anti Spasmodic - cramps, colic, nausea, nervous diarrhoea, asthma
Stimulant, Emotional Tonic - frustration, tiredness, debility, chronic stress-related conditions
Cytophylactic - skin rejuvenation, improving scar tissue, mature skin
Vulnerary - healing cracked skin, excema, cuts and grazes
Antiseptic, Antimicrobial - bacterial, fungal and viral infections
Insect Repellent - mosquito and flea bites, head lice
Central Nervous System Restorative - exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome
Cicatrisant - dermatitis, psoriasis, boils, acne, cold sores
Hypotensive - hypertension
Sedative - panic, shock, hysteria, fear, nervous conditions, insomnia
Anti-inflammatory - rashes, inflamed skin, allergy,
Family: 
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of origin: 
France, England, Bulgaria, Tasmania
Part of plant used: 
Flowering tops
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Most oils.
Chemical character: 
Ester type
Safety information: 
No known contra-indications. Can be used undiluted as an antiseptic.
Odour profile: 
Fresh, sweet, floral,herby
Plant description: 
Evergreen woody shrub with green, narrow leaves and tall purple flowers.
Historical use: 
Used to scent bathwater in Roman times, one of the founding oils of aromatherapy

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